For the first time ever, Pope Francis on Saturday met with the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on the eve of the dedication of the church’s huge new temple in Rome.
Following the 33-minute meeting, President Nelson, who is recognized by the church as a prophet, met with members of the media. “We had a most cordial, unforgettable experience. His Holiness, he was most gracious and warm and welcoming,” said President Nelson. He continued, “What a sweet, wonderful man he is, and how fortunate the Catholic people are to have such a gracious, concerned, loving and capable leader.”
“We have much in common,” Nelson tweeted afterward. “The differences in doctrine are real and they’re important, but they’re not nearly as important as the things we have in common.”
Interesting comment considering the new temple comes complete with a large statue of Jesus and 12 apostles. As if the Italians need more statues to worship.
The Latter-day Saints said the visit to Rome was the first time their entire leadership had gathered outside the U.S.